Gardner Edgerton High School senior Tanner Hughes returned a kickoff 99 yards for a tochdown in a home game against Blue Valey West on Sept. 26. The Blazer football squad is preparing for its homecoming this weekend.  Photo courtesy of Daphne Pippitt

Gardner Edgerton High School senior Tanner Hughes returned a kickoff 99 yards for a tochdown in a home game against Blue Valey West on Sept. 26. The Blazer football squad is preparing for its homecoming this weekend. Photo courtesy of Daphne Pippitt

Falling behind 28-7 at halftime, the Gardner Edgerton High School Trailblazers lost 42-21 to visiting Blue Valley West last Friday night.
The Blue Valley West Jaguars, 3-1, took control early on a 22-yard touchdown run by Tyler Cox. Just before the end of the first quarter, West went up 14-0 on a 90-yard pass from Nathan Wiles to Luke Curtis.
Cox scored again early in the second quarter on a one-yard run, and the Jags went up 28-0 when Sam Davis returned a 65-yard punt to paydirt.
The Blazers put points on the board just before halftime. GEHS senior quarterback Colton Mullin capped a 10-play, 75-yard drive with a one-yard plunge into the endzone.
The Jags added three touchdown runs in the second half before GEHS’ Tanner Hughes returned a Jag kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown.
GEHS running back Keegan Michael scored from 26 yards out with a little more than four minutes left in the game for the final score.
Due to injuries to three Blazer backs, Michael, a freshman, was called into action. He responded with 105 yards on 27 carries.
Meanwhile, Mullin connected on 7 of 15 for the night and also added a rushing touchdown.
Now 0-4, the Blazers remain home to host St. Thomas Aquinas High School (STA). STA comes to town with a 3-1 record and still smarting from a 37-20 loss to Bishop Miege High School.